Louisiana Ecological Services
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Louisiana's Endangered Species

In 1973, Congress passed the Endangered Species Act, recognizing that various species of fish, wildlife, and plants in the United States have been rendered extinct as a consequence of economic growth and development untempered by adequate concern and conservation, other species of fish, wildlife and plants have been so depleted in numbers that they are in danger of or threatened with extinction, and these species of fish, wildlife, and plants are of esthetic, ecological, educational, historical, recreational, and scientific value to the United States and its people. The intended purpose of the Act is to provide a means by which the ecosystems upon which endangered and threatened species depend may be conserved and to provide a program for the conservation of those species.

Below are links to all the species profile pages on ECOS (Environmental Conservation Online System) listed within Louisiana. These profile pages contain the following information: federal registry documents, recovery info, critical habitat, conservations plans, life history and other information. Click on the dropdown arrow to see the species list in each box.

Example of a species range map in a species profile page


Louisiana's Threatened and Endangered Species

National Endangered Species Program  We work to recover imperiled plant and animal species, while promoting the voluntary conservation of other vulnerable wildlife.

Introduction to Manatees

West Indian Manatee

Video resource for people who may observe for manatees during permitted in-water activities to help prevent animal injury or death. The video includes facts about manatees and manatee presence in Florida waterways, and describes how to identify manatees in the water.

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Service Begins Commemoration of 40th Anniversary of the Endangered Species Act

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The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will honor the 40th Anniversary of the Endangered Species Act with a year-long commemoration of the Act that has been so successful in stabilizing populations of species at risk, preventing the extinction of many others and conserving the habitats upon which they depend. A new dedicated web site spotlights the history and accomplishments of efforts to protect and recover America's threatened and endangered species under the Endangered Species Act.

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Endangered Species Success Stories

Endangered,Threatened and Candidate Species of LA
Photo Credit: USFWS

The Endangered Species Act (ESA) delivers remarkable successes. Looking back on the ESA's 40-year history, we recognize that it has helped stabilize populations of species at risk, prevent the extinction of many others, and conserve the habitats upon which they depend. All Americans can take pride in the fact that, under the ESA, California condor, grizzly bear, Okaloosa darter, whooping crane, and black-footed ferret have all been brought back from the brink of extinction. We can also celebrate that many other species no longer need the ESA's protection and have been removed from the list of endangered and threatened species, including the bald eagle—the very symbol of our nation's strength.

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Last updated: October 18, 2016